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SGS announced today that Dr. Karen Kyllo, Deputy Vice President, Global Softlines for SGS Consumer Testing Services, will join other fashion industry leaders as a member of the Board of Directors of the Footwear Division of the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA). Dr. Kyllo is a recognized authority in the textile industry and a respected lecturer on sourcing, trade issues and regulatory compliance. The AAFA is the national trade association representing apparel, footwear and other sewn products companies, as well as their suppliers in the global market.

In her 5 years with SGS the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company — Dr. Kyllo has helped to make the organization a key player in the apparel and footwear industry. Her insights have been essential in planning and implementing compliance and testing programs, both in the US and abroad. With up-to-the-minute knowledge on global textile regulations and standards she also her expertise to help SGS clients successfully navigate today’s complex regulatory environment.

“When it comes to detailed regulatory knowledge, SGS is really unmatched in its expertise,” said Dr. Kyllo. “That allows us to understand how complicated standards and regulations apply to a wide array of industries –– including footwear. As part of AAFA’s Footwear Board, I look forward to helping manufacturers and importers navigate the regulatory landscape and bring their products to market seamlessly. SGS is deeply committed to the footwear industry and its success.”

Dr. Kyllo brings more than 25 years of industry experience to the AAFA. She holds a Ph. D. in textile science from Purdue University, and a M.S. from Kansas State University. Additionally, Dr. Kyllo has helped shape critical policies and guidelines as part of the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC), as well as the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) and has been a US delegate to ISO meetings on textiles..

“The AAFA is thrilled to welcome Dr. Kyllo to its leadership team," said AAFA President and CEO Kevin M. Burke. "She's a passionate person who works diligently to help the industry overcome obstacles in the global market. As part of our Footwear Division's diverse and knowledgeable group of advisors, Dr. Kyllo will be instrumental in helping AAFA build consensus around key public policy issues.”


About SGS Softlines

SGS Global Softlines has an extensive network of over 30 laboratories worldwide and a strong team of committed professionals from multi-disciplinary backgrounds. Our internationally accredited and state-of-the-art testing laboratories offer a comprehensive range of physical, chemical and functional testing services for components, materials and finished products. We can help your company ensure quality, performance, and compliance with international, industrial and regulatory standards worldwide. We understand sustainability as an integral part of doing businesses. With our global reach, local market knowledge and harmonized approach, brands, retailers and manufacturers trust us to deliver hassle-free, safe and expedient solutions throughout the textiles and footwear supply chain, from raw materials to finished products.

Jennifer Dwyer
SGS Consumer Testing Services
Marketing Manager
t: + 973 461 7932


SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. SGS is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 70,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 1,350 offices and laboratories around the world.